Speakers / Topics: Entrepreneurship

It’s not easy to build a business from the ground up. Our entrepreneurs share stories and lessons learned from the trenches on the journey to success.

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Peter Legge

Award-Winning Motivation and Business Speaker

Award-winning motivation and business speaker Peter Legge shows audiences how to take control of even the most challenging situations to rise to the top and achieve success. Famed for his ability to inspire healthy, productive habits and a winning at...

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Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner is on a mission to make the world more creative. Named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a “President Barack Obama Champion of Change” award recipient, Linkner both inspires and entertains: in speeches and w...

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Brennan Loh

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Brennan Loh leads the teams responsible for building and managing the key strategic partnerships for Shopify, Canada’s #1 e-commerce retailing solution.  In his eye-opening presentations, Brennan discusses the inside story about Shopify’s grow...

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Dennis Moseley-Williams

Experience Economy Specialist

What inspires companies, and what makes them inspiring? Dennis Moseley-Williams shows organizations how to create transformative experiences for clients, customers and employees. Captivating audiences with his passion, humour and vivid examples of st...

Adam Nanjee

FinTech and Innovation Expert

Adam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global fintech leader. As head of Canada’s largest financial technology innovations vertical at MaRS Discovery District, Nanjee oversees a national network of several hundred startups, global financial ...

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Frank O’Dea

Innovative Entrepreneur | Humanitarian

Frank O’Dea’s story of triumph over adversity in business and in his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful entrepreneur and a founder of The Second Cup c...

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Kevin O’Leary

“Shark” on ABC's Shark Tank | Journalist and Television Personality | Chairman of O'Leary Funds

He’s opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force, Kevin O’Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertain...

Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s cap...

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Ian Portsmouth

Publisher, Canadian Business and PROFIT Magazines

Chronicling the experiences of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and fastest-growing companies is what Ian Portsmouth, publisher of PROFIT and Canadian Business magazines, does every day. In his high-calibre, informative presentations he uses real-li...

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Sara Roberts

Future Proofing Your Organization

Sara Roberts is a leading authority and hands-on expert on innovation, purpose, and culture. In her insightful, provocative talks, she advises on how to actively leverage culture and purpose to build organizational agility, customer connection, emplo...

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David Rocco

Celebrity Chef | Hit Television Host | Bestselling Author

Celebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day through his worldwide hit television programs David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and his newest program, David Rocco...

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Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder, Snap By Groupon

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce pla...

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Carol Roth

Panel Moderator | Business Media Personality

An authoritative voice in business and news media and an on-air contributor for CNBC, Carol Roth is a highly sought after panel moderator and emcee who always ensures that “business is never boring”, making her a time and time again favourite wit...

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David Segal

Co-Founder, DAVIDsTEA | Retail Visionary and Branding Expert

David Segal is an entrepreneur and retail thought-leader. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008. Segal takes audiences through the entrepreneu...

Graham Sherman

Co-Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” who has used his love of technology to help him master the craft of brewing artisan beer. Together with his partner, Graham launched the Tool Shed Brewery four years ago, and has never looked b...

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John Stanton

Founder of the Running Room

John Stanton created his first meeting place for runners over 25 years ago out of the back of a shop.  Now, the Running Room boasts 100 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the USA, and have helped encourage nearly a million Canadians to get fit...

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Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer CBC's Dragons' Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was a key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created T...

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Nicole Verkindt

Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den | Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and the newest Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve globa...

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John Warrillow

Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Advisor

John Warrillow is the founder of five companies, and the bestselling author of  Built To Sell: Creating A Business That Can Thrive Without You, which was recognized by both Fortune and Inc magazines as one of the best books of 2011, and his new book...

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Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent br...

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